Roseland Duo Takes Home First Place in County-Wide Gingerbread Contest

Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante and Environmental Center Director Tara Casella congratulate Aydan Sorrentino and Aidan Leifer of Roseland for first-place win in Gingerbread Contest. Credits: Essex County

ROSELAND, NJ — Aydan Sorrentino and Aidan Leifer of Roseland received first place in the Group/Family category of the Essex County Environmental Center’s 13th Annual Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest in Roseland earlier this week.

The Group/Family category was open to children 14 and younger who worked as a group or had adult assistance on any aspect of their entry. Sorrentino and Leifer are pictured above with Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante and Environmental Center Director Tara Casella.

According to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., who presented awards to the 33 children and families who participated, entries were judged on distinctiveness, creative use of nature theme, use of sustainable building design techniques and skill in decoration.

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“Our Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest is a wonderful project that incorporates our mission to raise awareness about nature with a holiday theme,” said DiVincenzo. “This hands-on, family-oriented contest lets people of all ages learn about the environment in a fun way. I am amazed at the creativeness and ingenuity of the entries each winter. Everyone who participated in this contest was a winner.

All gingerbread homes were on display at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of December.

In addition to the Group/Family category, the public was also invited to participate in the following categories: Individual Child category for children ages 14 or younger who worked independently on all aspects of their entry; Adult Non-Professional category for individuals or groups of people ages 15 and older who are students of the culinary arts or are not professional chefs; and Adult Non-Professional category for individuals or groups of people ages 15 and older who are students of the culinary arts or are not professional chefs.

A list of the award winners is as follows:

Group/Family Category:

First Place: Aydan Sorrentino and Aidan Leifer from Roseland.

Second Place: Cassandra Lopez and Levana Roy from Newark.

Third Place: Ella, Ashlyn, Avery and Hayden McAdams from Montclair.


Individual Child Category:

First Place: Mesgana Geberyesus from West Orange.

Second Place: Laura Stairiker from Caldwell.

Third Place: Madison Rossetti from Caldwell.


Non-Professional Adult Category:

First Place: Aleah Colon-Alfonso from Caldwell.

Second Place: Essex County North 13th Street Campus culinary arts students Gladys Perez, Kayla Salcedo and Kayla Ramirez and their teacher Eddie Encarnacion.

Third Place: Essex County West Caldwell Campus culinary arts students Michael Leon, Ruby Sarpong, Ashely Cowan, Carlos Rodriguez and Khyle Lonon and their teacher Brett Boon.


Adult Professional Category:

First Place: Palermo Bakery from Little Ferry.

Second Place: Sunrise Bakery at the West Caldwell ShopRite.

Third Place: Aramark at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. 


Sponsors of this year’s contest included: McLoone’s Boathouse Restaurant in West Orange, Fairchild’s Market in Roseland, Aramark in West Orange, The Towne Scoop in Verona, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Trader Joe’s in Millburn, Kitchen a la Mode in South Orange, Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Manhattan Bagel in Roseland, Starbucks in Roseland, Green Point Juicery in Verona, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, Be Savvy Consignment in Roseland, The Messy Artist in Livingston and Rizzo’s Reptiles in Flanders.

Classes and programs with nature themes are offered at the Essex County Environmental Center. Registration is required for all programs at the Essex County Environmental Center. For more information or to register, call 973-228-8776 or visit the center at 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland.

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